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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - MN: Social Justice

More than 533,000 Minnesotans live in households below the federal poverty threshold, and a new report cites major gaps in racial disparity. (Chris Bastian/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has a deadline to reduce poverty, and it's only two years away. Nine years ago, a bipartisan legislative commission studied poverty in the state and set out an ambitious plan to eliminate it. But time is running short, and Anne Krisnik, executive director of the Joint Re

About 500,000 people, including many students from Minnesota, participated in Saturday's March For Our Lives. (Vuvanhahung/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for tougher gun control made their voices heard loud and clear this weekend when tens of thousands gathered across Minnesota as part of nationwide protests. The March For Our Lives has been spearheaded by young people sparked into action by February's shooting at

A subcommittee on workplace safety and respect still plans to meet next week to discuss Minnesota Statehouse sexual harassment policies. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

ST. PAUL. Minn. – A bill aimed directly at combating sexual harassment in the Minnesota Legislature won't be coming up for a vote this session. House File 3728 had until last night to pass at least one committee in order to move forward. The bill would have created a citizen-led committee to

Union supporters filled the State Capitol rotunda for Saturday's Working People's Day of Action. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The future of unions could hang on a case being argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court. It's called Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and an Illinois man who says it’s unconstitutional to charge him for belonging to a

Critics of the Trump budget proposal warn it could reverse efforts to get healthy, local foods to low-income Minnesota families. (Marco Verch/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trump budget proposal would cut almost $20 billion next year from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once commonly known as food stamps. More than 600,000 Minnesotans benefit from SNAP and could be affected, according to Colleen Moriarty, executive directo

According to the United Nations, U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals is at least 30 percent higher than in other high-income countries. (Kiran Foster/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the price of prescription drugs keeps going up and Congress provides no solution, states are beginning to take matters into their own hands. States have regulatory authority and the economic power to buy medicine in bulk. So Seth Boffeli, communications director for AARP

A mural in Memphis depicts the sanitation workers' strike 50 years ago. (Xzelenz/Wikimedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year marks the 50th anniversary of death of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. And the union that represents thousands of public sector employees in Minnesota is reminding America that workers died for the cause that year too. AFSCME on Thursday is

Between 2008 and 2016, Minnesota's crime rate dropped 24 percent while the incarceration rate rose 1 percent. (Dave Nakayama/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that incarceration rates fell across the nation from their record high 10 years ago. Crime rates also fell, but in Minnesota, while the crime rate has dropped, too, the incarceration rate has risen slightly. Kelly Mitchell

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